5 Abstracts

Luke Bedford (1978)

5 Abstracts 2000-2001

1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, hp, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
Duration 
18
Publisher 

In this set of pieces I wanted to set up a different compositional game for each movement that might lead the music down unexpected avenues. By imposing these sometimes abstract ideas I found myself writing music that I could not have written in any other way.

In the first piece every member of the ensemble has just one pitch, and so the result is akin to an object being constantly seen and re-seen from different angles.
The second piece consists of a monody that builds up to a sustained climax.

The third is built of three floating rhythmic levels at a very slow tempo.

The fourth, which is the longest piece, is based largely on seven bars of music which are constantly repeated, but with various different harmonic and/or rhythmic filters constantly changing the
perspective of the music. This builds up to what is the climax of the whole set up of pieces, as new material breaks into the old.

The final movement opens with a long melody, which then mutates into a chorale built from the same material.

Luke Bedford

Comments 

Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the London Sinfonietta, as a result of winning the 2000 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition.

Performances 
16.2.01 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Pierre-André Valade
3.10.02 Budapest, Hungary: Brunel Ensemble/Christopher Austin
3.4.06 Symphony Center, Chicago: Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
23.10.08 Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam: Asko/Schönberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
11.11.09 Bruckner University, Linz, Austria: Ensemble for Neue Musik
3.11.10 Oberlin University, USA: Oberlin Conservatory/Timothy Weiss
1
Flute
doubling piccolo
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
clarinet in A
1
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Harp
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